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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of many specialized hollow chambers containing reproductive structures that appear as dark, dotlike bodies on the surface of receptacles in certain algae and fungi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cavity, especially in the body.
  • n. A cavity in some marine algae that contains the reproductive organs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That in which anything is contained; a vessel; a receiver or receptacle.
  • n.
  • n. A pericarp, opening longitudinally on one side and having the seeds loose in it; a follicle; a double follicle or pair of follicles.
  • n. One of the cases containing the spores, etc., of flowerless plants, especially of algae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That in which anything is contained; a vessel; a receiver or receptacle.
  • n. In botany: Originally, as used by Linnæus, a follicle—that is, a fruit formed of a single carpel dehiscing by the ventral suture.
  • n. In lower cryptogams, an organ or a cavity which incloses reproductive bodies, usually spores, with or without special spore-cases: applied without reference to the origin of the spores, whether sexual or asexual.

Etymologies

Latin conceptāculum, receptacle, from conceptus, past participle of concipere, to conceive; see conceive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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